FAQ & Livestream

Nov 8, 2022

Greetings, Viceroys!

We’re extremely grateful for your warm reception of Against the Storm – your support and love are highly appreciated.

We’re doing our best to keep up with all the messages we receive and to respond whenever possible. We also decided to prepare an FAQ to keep answers in one place.

You can find the FAQ thread below (which will be updated as more questions appear).

We will also present you the opportunity to ask us some questions during a live stream which we’ll host on our Twitch channel on November 9 at 4pm UTC (8:00 am PT / 5:00 pm CET). What are the origins of the game? What’s our favorite Polish food? Wait, you guys are from Poland? All these and other questions will be answered, so come hang out with us!

You can also expect a little sneak peek of the upcoming update which we’ll release on November 10 (make sure to finish your settlement before the update goes live!).

May the storm be gentle on you,
Eremite Games

FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions)

You are the Viceroy – a leader charged by the Scorched Queen to reclaim the wilderness and discover lost riches for the Smoldering City, civilization’s last bastion against the Blightstorm that destroyed the old world. Unlike most survival city builders where your focus is on a single city, in Against the Storm you must build a vast, prosperous network of settlements populated by diverse fantasy races, each with their own specializations and needs.

But the wilderness holds many hidden dangers, and never-ending storms will batter your population into submission. If your settlements should fall, then the expedition may end – but not the game. Against the Storm is a roguelite city builder, meaning you will carry forward the resources, upgrades, and experience of your past expeditions each time you set off for a new journey into the wild.

Will my progress be reset with new updates or when the game is fully released?

No, we will never erase your progress with updates or on the full launch. We did our best to ensure that the Early Access program is as convenient for the players as possible.

The game keeps separate save files (and their backups) for different layers of the game:

  • Current settlement 
  • Current World Map cycle
  • Meta progress

No update will ever erase your meta progress – you will keep your experience and Citadel Resources across every update and the full launch. If we change specific Smoldering City Upgrades or remove them, you will get the invested resources back and be able to spend them on other Upgrades.

Your current World Map cycle (the distribution of your settlements on the World Map, other Factions’ settlements, chests, modifiers, etc.) is unlikely to be reset often.

However, your current settlement will have to be force-finished every two weeks when we release new updates. In return, you will be reimbursed with Citadel Resources which you’d normally get for the settlement.

We added a countdown in the main menu, which shows when the next Update will be released.

Important: Please make sure to complete your settlement before the update if you don’t want it to be force-finished.

The first Steam update is planned for November 10.

What happens to my save file when you release new updates?

As explained in the previous answer, the game has separate save files for three different layers of the game. Your meta progress will always remain intact

However, your current settlement will have to be force-finished every two weeks when we release new updates. In return, you will be reimbursed with Citadel Resources which you’d normally get for the settlement.

We strongly recommend that you complete your settlement before the update. Otherwise, you won’t be able to continue it and you’ll be reimbursed with Citadel Resources.

We added a countdown in the main menu, which shows when the next Update will be released. The first Steam update is planned for November 10.

Is there a demo available?

Yes! Head to Against the Storm page and click on the Download Demo button above the list of available languages on the right.

It’s also available on Epic Games Store and GOG.

Does the progress from the demo transfer to the full version?

Yes, the progress from the demo will be loaded automatically when you launch the game and you will be able to continue playing with the new content. The save needs to be available locally on your drive as it won’t transfer automatically from the demo cloud’s save to the Early Access cloud save.

Is the progress shared across platforms?

It is! The game uses the same save folder across all platforms.

How long is the game going to be in Early Access?

We estimate to stay in Early Access for around 6 months (subject to change).

What features are going to be added during Early Access?

We listed our plans for the upcoming updates on the roadmap.

The list of features is subject to change and not finite. We reserved a significant amount of development time to work on community requests.

We aim to release new Updates every two weeks on Thursdays around 1pm – 3pm UTC time. The first update on Steam is going to be released on November 10.

How can I share my feedback?

We work on Against the Storm in the spirit of community-driven development, so we provide you with multiple tools to influence and monitor the development:

We recommend visiting the Feature request board (feedback.eremitegames.com) regularly to suggest or vote for ideas that you’d like to see added to the game.

I have a problem with the game. What should I do?

It depends on the nature of the problem. We’re building a Knowledge Base with solutions to various issues and answers to common questions. Please visit it first, if you have problems with the game.

If you can’t resolve your issues with your guides, you can:

  • Create a new ticket on our helpdesk
  • Search for similar topics on Steam or Discord (and start a new discussion if you can’t find a solution)
  • Send a report via in-game reporter (F11). Please be aware that the report is anonymized and we won’t be able to reply.

Please also try some common solutions:

When reaching out to us with your problem, please include:

  • Zipped content of your entire game save folder: %userprofile%\appdata\locallow\Eremite Games\Against the Storm
  • Detailed information about the problem
  • Frequency of occurrence
  • Screenshot or video (if possible)
  • Your system specifications

With such information, it should be easier for us to help.

I got the “We failed to restore your settlement” message. What should I do?

This message can appear when the settlement save gets corrupted. Don’t worry, though! The game keeps separate saves and their backups for three different layers of the game (as explained in one of the posts above). Your meta progress is safe.

Firstly, please exit the game (click on the Main Menu button) and verify the integrity of game files:

If the message continues to appear, then you might have to start a new settlement instead by clicking on “New Game”. Again – your meta progress will remain intact.

I have a problem understanding the game. How can I get better?

Against the Storm is a complex game and it might take you a few games to become proficient at it. Here are a few things that can help you know the game better:

  • In-game Atlas – available when pressing [Esc]
  • Alerts – visible on the left side of the HUD. Click on them and the corresponding element will be highlighted or the camera will focus on it.
  • Tooltips – many icons and texts have tooltips with additional information that appear after hovering the mouse on them.
  • Repeat the tutorial – at any point, you can replay the entire tutorial – available when pressing [Esc] on the World Map.
  • Wiki – an official wiki maintained by our publisher and the community
  • Online resources – there are various guides made by content creators, including a series of video tutorials from Wally1169

The game will also get easier as you purchase new permanent Upgrades in the Smoldering City.

Are there plans for Mac and Linux versions?

For now, there are no plans for official Linux and macOS support.

Do you plan to port the game to consoles?

For now, we focus on the PC version. It would be great to have Against the Storm available on consoles one day but for now, there are no specific plans. Keep your fingers crossed!

Is the game going to be Verified on Steam Deck?

We like the idea of having the game “Verified” on Steam Deck one day. We haven’t approached this topic yet, though, and hope to put more time into it sometime during Early Access.

While we don’t have the “Playable” badge, some of us and other players played Against the Storm on Steam Deck. In its current state, the game could certainly benefit from the custom layout for better control, and surely the text could be larger in some places. But overall, it was playable (controlled mostly with touchpads). This is by no means an official confirmation that the game is “Playable” on Steam Deck – we don’t have the “Playable” badge from Valve and we haven’t done thorough testing internally.

Are you going to add more languages to the game?

We would love to have more languages in the game one day. However, we don’t plan to include more localizations during Early Access. We might be able to add new localizations on a full launch.

Will there be multiplayer?

There are no plans for multiplayer or co-op modes. From the very beginning, we designed Against the Storm to be a single-player experience and we’ll continue to add new single-player features to the game during Early Access.

This post was last updated on November 8.

May the storm be gentle on you,
Eremite Games


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